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Valadao, Nunes – no friends of ag – cling to anti-science ignorance

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes R-Tulare, center, standing with Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., left, and Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., right, speaks on Capitol Hill.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes R-Tulare, center, standing with Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., left, and Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., right, speaks on Capitol Hill. AP

Reps. Devin Nunes and David Valadao tout themselves as friends of farmers, while denying that the greatest threat to California agriculture even exists.

Nunes and Valadao are climate-change deniers, ignoring over 30 years of scientific evidence that irrefutably confirms that manmade emissions are warming the environment and causing, among other effects, longer, more persistent droughts.

The last five years in recorded Valley history were the hottest, no surprise to climatologists. Hotter weather and longer, more severe droughts put Valley farming at greater risk, and if CO2 emissions aren’t reduced significantly, Valley agriculture may eventually cease to exist.

Climate change’s impact on agriculture includes more frequent and severe droughts, less water stored in the Sierra snowpack, increased pests and invasive species, and warmer weather reducing critical winter chill hours for fruits.

While the California Department of Food and Agriculture is working with farmers to implement strategies to protect agriculture, Nunes and Valadao cling to their anti-science ignorance and ensure that the federal government does nothing to eradicate climate change and its effects on agriculture.

They are no friends of farmers and instead spout right-wing, anti-science nonsense. Their day of reckoning is Nov. 6.

Tom Tyner, Clovis

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